Meth lab operating out of Antioch van

August 25, 2009 8:52:44 AM PDT
Police on Monday arrested a man suspected of operating a methamphetamine laboratory out of his van in Antioch.

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Officers responded to a report of suspicious chemicals in a broken down van outside a home at 2833 Sunset Lane at around 1:05 p.m., according to Antioch police.

Investigating officers reported finding a meth lab operation in the broken down van. They also found that a suspect with a 1999 conviction for producing meth was living in a rented room in the home on Sunset Lane with access to the van.

Investigators inside the home reported finding chemicals and small amounts of methamphetamine in the room of suspect Steven Michael Woodhouse, 52. Officers also reported finding a rifle with ammunition. The terms of Woodhouse's 1999 conviction prohibit him from having a firearm or ammunition in his possession, according to police.

Antioch police detectives and narcotics officers from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement responded to Sunset Lane to process and dismantle the alleged meth lab.

Woodhouse was located in a parking lot at the Contra Loma Reservoir and arrested, according to police. He was booked at Contra Costa County Jail for methamphetamine manufacture and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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